Nov. 2, 2011
I am unfortunately writing you in the final Yellow Armband of the season, as ours ended last Saturday with a 3-2 loss at No. 20 Illinois. It certainly wasn't the season we envisioned at the start, and we're all stuck with a pit in our stomachs of what could have been.
Sadly, we must say goodbye to our incredible senior class -- Courtney Mercier, Kristen Goncalves (KG), and Kim Siebert. Those three, along with Clare and I, were Greg's first freshman class, a year removed from a three-win season. Those three undoubtedly played a huge role in the turnaround of our soccer program. It's been a roller coaster four years with some of the greatest moments of our lives and we will miss them more than they know.
I feel as though I should return to some happy/funny news before I start getting too sappy and emotional. On Sunday, our team celebrated what is arguably one of the best days of the year, Halloween. I went as a rockstar -- with leather pants and all -- but I have to say, I was upstaged. We had some very creative costumes, most notably: Holly Hein as a hippie, Olivia [Buechler] and Cara [Richard] as nerds, Shelina Zadorsky as Eve, Jen Pace as Snookie, and KG as a boxer. Our team really prides ourselves on going all out with costumes and this year did not disappoint.
Also, I think I speak for everyone on our team when I say that we'd like to thank our fans for their incredible support this year. Our gameday environment was absolutely incredible and we can't thank you enough. We are working as hard as we can to get a few more Ws at home next year and hope you continue to support us! You can follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with any off-season news.
From preseason in Traverse City, to the long bus rides, the close wins, to that gameday feeling, this will be a season I will never forget. I feel so blessed to have one last super-senior season with this team and I know it wouldn't be the same if I'd gone anywhere but The University of Michigan.
After some team meetings and lots of reflection, we are moving forward to the offseason, which promises to be pretty rigorous. The way this season went, I can promise you that we will come back hungrier than ever to get this team competing for the Big Ten championship and return to the NCAA Tournament.